The little town of Hazel, OR for those familiar with the North Western US is without a doubt La Grande with it's beautiful Blue Mountain vista's the Grande Ronde River which flows into the Snake and as Shute describes is located between Pendleton and Enterprise, Oregon.
Shute has this area of NE Oregon during the mid 1950's wired right down to 2nd Ave and the Safeway supermarket. Having never been to Australia myself the lesson in this for me is to trust the author's descriptions of the Outback which are most likely great snapshots of that period in Western Queensland.
This is an inquiring look into human values from the perspective of two different English speaking sub-cultures. We get a good look at an Australian Frontier mindset as well as a Puritanical post war American outlook on issues of personal responsibility and how quickly we sometimes judge others in our day-to-day lives. Ego-centrism and ethnocentrism give a solid framework by which to consider this plot and set of characters.
A timeless book as relevant today in the 2010's as it was in the 1950's. The narration is done by a well spoken female and was easy to listen to.
Moses may have been one of the most powerful unelected politicians in American history. His career transcended generations of administrations on the local, state and federal level plus he facilitated the building of the UN Headquarters in NYC. Robert Caro provides a meticulous chronically of the life and times of a man who's influence not only changed the face of NY but of a nation.
This is a solid history of the manhunt. Lots of details about the politics and the policies behind the operation. This is worth your time and at just 8+ hours maybe worth a double listen. You will be more informed for having read this book.
It's an OK read. I bought on a $5 sale and I am not let down. It is easy to understand and a healthy mix of information bot old and new. It's a nice book for kids 8 to 80.
LBJ like all Presidents had an ego. He also had self discipline and endured quite a bit of mishandling by the JFK administration. Politics being what it is most of learn at some point to be careful how we treat people and who's toes we step on as one day those toes may be connected to someone we work for.
As much press as JFK has gotten through history it was LBJ in the end that really pushed the whole Civil Rights advances through Congress and changed history. One thing this story makes very clear is that RFK was a definite antagonists.
For people reading this who lived through these times there is a fine line where current events become history. Robert Caro's book makes the transition and is a testament to the times. Five Stars!
Using the story of the Hoover Dam as a back drop this book chronicles the early 20th century and places a number of events leading up to and after construction in perspective.
Hiltzik followed this book with a second volume titled "The New Deal" ... the two books fit together perfectly.
Note: The Owyhee Dam & Reservoir is located west of Boise, Idaho but over the Oregon state-line in Eastern Oregon and not in Idaho. The text mistakenly places this project in Idaho.
When listening to this one must realize that it is a story from another time and place. Delicately the author navigates his way through the race issues of Australia. Written in the early 1960's with an aviation background the story is narrated with a total command of the geography, culture and history of the Realm.
Note: Everything Nevil Shute has written is good.
From the length of Audible's catalog on Nevil Shute it appears that there is a full blown rediscovery of his mid 20th century list of works. Pastoral is a lovely book as is Round the Bend which inspired both Robert Pirsig and Richard Bach. These are British classics that tackle tough issues. It should come as no surprise that his work is beginning to pass the test-of-time. Just read, reflect and appreciate... No regrets.
I recommend this book wholly plus the history of the CIA by the same author. They build upon each other. American history is a complex subject these works help to conect the dots.
This is an exercise in consequential thinking on a political and historical scale. Written by a man who's intellect has made the leap from the 20th to the 21st century with ease. Some of our leaders revel in the past while Dr. Brezezinski analyzes where America as a Superpower has been and considers the choices and outcomes ahead. The process flows with facts that help support the conjecture of the visions ... The narration is good and moves along at a nice pace.
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